Badge: metal, enamel case: paper, cardboard, textile
Overall (badge): 7 1/4 × 4 13/16 in. (18.4 × 12.2 cm) Container (case): 4 1/2 × 6 × 1 in. (11.4 × 15.2 × 2.5 cm)
stamped: on obverse of badge: "FOR GOD AND THE EMPIRE" applied: on reverse of badge "GR" stamped: on exterior of case "C.B.E." stamped: in interior of case "GARRARD & CO., LTD./GOLDSMITHS AND CROWN JEWELLERS BY APPOINTMENT TO H.M. THE KIING/24,ABLEMAR
Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Commander badge consists of a pale blue enamel cross surmounted by a crown. A gold central medallion bordered in red bears portraits of King George V and Queen Mary. Its reverse shows the royal monogram surmounted by a crown.
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire was established by King George V in 1917, the first year of his reign, for service to the British Empire. The Order has five classes and a medal. The Commander (CBE) is one of the five orders.
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